Desktop Activity Moderator Driver (dam) Service Defaults in Windows 10

Controls activity of desktop applications.

Default Settings

Startup type: System
Display name:Desktop Activity Moderator Driver
Service name:dam
Service type:kernel
Error control:normal
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\dam

Default Behavior

Desktop Activity Moderator Driver is a kernel device driver. In Windows 10 it is starting at Kernel initialization. If Desktop Activity Moderator Driver fails to start, the failure details are being recorded into Event Log. Then Windows 10 will start up and notify the user that the dam service has failed to start due to the error.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Desktop Activity Moderator Driver

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

2. Copy the commands below, paste them into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config dam start= system
sc start dam

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The dam service is using the dam.sys file that is located in the C:\Windows\system32\drivers directory. If the file is removed or corrupted, read this article to restore its original version from Windows 10 installation media.